BERLIN: A German former lawmaker Monday agreed to pay €5,000 euros (Dh20,620, $5,600) and admit guilt on child pornography charges in exchange for a court halting his high-profile trial.
The case against Sebastian Edathy, formerly a high-flying MP known for fighting far-right extremists, had triggered a major political scandal that led to the resignation of a cabinet minister.
Edathy, 45, admitted to the charges through a statement read out by his lawyer and expressed regret, paving the way for the court proceedings to be stopped. He will have no criminal record.
The payment will go to a child protection association.
Is this normal procedure in Germany? Can pedophile porn perverts buy their way out of going to jail or having a criminal record? For a financially successful man, €5,000 is not much more than petty cash. Is the German justice system fair to those who cannot afford the 'sin-tax'? Seems pretty disgraceful to me.